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Book Notes: June 2, 2013

By Staff reports

First novel's a winner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The author of "In the Garden of Stone," a novel set in the West Virginia coalfields in the 1920s, will sign copies of her book from 5 to 7 p.m. June 20 at Taylor Books.

Susan Tekulve's book tells a multigenerational saga of Sicilian immigrants in the mountains of Appalachia.

"This masterly novel recaptures a lost era even as it celebrates timeless pleasures," said a review in the Richmond Times Dispatch. A starred review from Kirkus called the book "lyrical, haunting fiction," and the novel is the 2012 winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize.

"In the Garden of Stone" is published by Hub City Press, Spartanburg, S.C.

Death of 'Stonewall'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dr. Mathew Lively, a professor of internal medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has published a new book titled "Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson."

The book was released on May 2 to coincide with 150th anniversary of Stonewall Jackson's wounding in a friendly-fire accident and his eventual death eight days later on May 10, 1863. Based on extensive research of primary source material, the book is the first full-length examination of Jackson's final days.

The author, a native of Oak Hill, became interested in the Civil War at a young age and developed an interest in the medical aspects of the war during his medical school education.

"Stonewall Jackson has long been a well-recognized individual in West Virginia," Lively commented, "and researching his death allowed me to concentrate all my interests into one subject."


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